The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) is currently searching for a Senior Vice President / Chief Operating Officer, to provide strategic and tactical oversight for the development of system-wide policies and strategies which maintain operational integrity, align with current and future business objectives, and support the mission of the San Antonio Water System. This position directs and leads a team charged with executing business strategies in the following functions: Production & Treatment Operations, Engineering & Construction, Distribution & Collections, Facilities Maintenance, the Emergency Operations Center, and Operations including Environmental Laboratory Services. The Chief Operating Officer serves as a member of the Executive Management Team, and regularly liaisons with internal and external stakeholders on the President/CEO’s behalf.
SAWS is a public utility owned by the City of San Antonio. It was created in May 1992 through the consolidation of its three predecessor agencies: the City Water Board, the previous city-owned water supply utility; the City Wastewater Department, the city department responsible for sewage collection and treatment; and the Alamo Water Conservation and Reuse District, an independent city agency created to develop a system for reuse of treated wastewater.
Since the formation of SAWS, San Antonio has been recognized nationally for its novel conservation efforts and proactive water management planning, making San Antonio “Water's Most Resourceful City”. SAWS serves more than 1.6 million people in Bexar County, as well as parts of Medina and Atascosa counties. This population includes more than 460,000 water customers and 411,000 wastewater customers.
The Chief Operating Officer reports directly to the President/CEO, and works under limited supervision and guidance. The selected candidate will have contact with internal and external customers, SAWS’ Board of Trustees, elected officials, policy makers, community leaders, contractors, consultants, industry peers and vendors. The Chief Operating Officer must communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and exhibit high standards of business and personal ethical conduct, leadership, teamwork, initiative and problem solving. The selected individual will direct, supervise and/or oversee the work of employees, and may be required to travel and work hours outside of their regular work schedule. Working conditions are primarily in an office environment with occasional field visits – the selected candidate will be required to drive a company and/or personal vehicle when performing duties at external locations, and may be required to work hours other than regular schedule such as nights and weekends.
The Chief Operating Officer performs the following essential functions:
Position is open until filled, with resume review beginning October 8, 2018. Salary starts at $220,000 and increases DOQ, with generous benefits package including pension and health benefits. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org, attention Sharon De La Garza, Vice President – Human Resources.